Press Releases — BBC Studios - Americas

April 12, 2019

hoopla digital adds world-renowned BBC Studios programs

Popular BBC TV shows, miniseries, and made-for-tv movies now available for digital rental on category-creating digital service for public libraries   

HOLLAND, Ohio (April 12, 2019) – hoopla digital (hoopladigital.com), the category-creating digital service for public libraries, today announced an agreement with BBC Studios to bring over 800 episodes of treasured scripted content featuring great British talent such as Benedict Cumberbatch, Judi Dench, David Tennant, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Emma Thompson, to its service. Several BBC favorites are now available for public library patrons across the U.S. and Canada to borrow and view on their smartphones, tablets and computers through hoopla’s web site and mobile app.

Over 45 titles are now available on hoopla digital, including signature classics Robin Hood, Absolutely Fabulous, Inspector Lynley, Upstairs Downstairs and Waking the Dead. hoopla is also adding Silk to the service, with the first two seasons exclusively available to library patrons via hoopla digital. More BBC series will be available on hoopla digital later in the month, including episodes of currently airing series Silent Witness and Call the Midwife.

“BBC is home to critically acclaimed programs loved by audiences worldwide. We are thrilled to bring this treasured collection of BBC mysteries, dramas and comedies to our partner libraries and their patrons.” said Jeff Jankowski, owner and founder of hoopla digital. “With this agreement, some BBC content will be exclusively available within the library market on hoopla. Our libraries can offer their patrons access to discover new series, revisit BBC classics, and enjoy new BBC titles.”

“As technology continues to be adopted by libraries, this partnership with Hoopla allows us to welcome a new audience,” said Beth Clearfield, SVP, Digital Strategy and Franchise Business Management.  “Library card-holders at participating libraries can re-discover, or be introduced to, BBC’s world-class content – and experience it in their preferred format.”

The BBC titles will join hoopla digital’s collection of more than 750,000 eBooks, audiobooks, comics, albums, movies and television shows. The titles on hoopla can be accessed across a range of platforms including Android TV, Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire, and Chromecast.

hoopla digital is in over 6,600 public libraries across the U.S. and Canada including Free Library of Philadelphia, Chicago Public Library, San Francisco Public Library, and Los Angeles Public Library. Visit hoopladigital.com to find out if your library partners with hoopla.

To sign up for hoopla, cardholders of participating libraries can download the free hoopla digital mobile app on their Android or iOS device. Patrons of participating libraries need a valid email and password to start accessing content right away.

For more information, please contact 800-875-2785 (US) or 866-698-2231 (Canada).

About hoopla digital:

hoopla digital is a category-creating service that partners with public libraries across North America to provide online and mobile access to thousands of Movies, TV Shows, Music, eBooks, Audiobooks and Comics. With hoopla digital, patrons can borrow, instantly stream and download dynamic content with a valid library card. All content is accessible via hoopla digital’s mobile app and online at www.hoopladigital.com. hoopla digital is a service of Midwest Tape – a trusted partner to public libraries for over 25 years.

About BBC Studios:

BBC Studios, a global content company with British creativity at its heart, is a commercial subsidiary of the BBC. Formed in April 2018 by the merger of BBC Worldwide and BBC Studios, it spans content financing, development, production, sales, branded services, and ancillaries. BBC Studios’ award-winning British programs are internationally recognized across a broad range of genres and specialties. It has offices in 22 markets globally, including seven production bases in the UK and production bases and partnerships in a further nine countries around the world. The company, which makes over 2,500 hours of content a year, is a champion for British creativity around the world and a committed partner for the UK’s independent sector.

In the Americas, BBC Studios’ operates two production units – one in Los Angeles, responsible for ratings juggernaut and Emmy®-nominated Dancing with the Stars and multi-award-winning Life Below Zero, and the other in Brazil, where local productions Dancing Brasil and Bake Off Brasil have become breakout hits. The company manages joint venture relationships with AMC Networks for flagship channel BBC AMERICA (U.S.) – home of original series Killing Eve and global brands Dynasties, Doctor Who, and Top Gear – and with ITV for SVoD service BritBox (U.S./Canada), as well as strategic partnerships in Canada with Blue Ant Media for BBC Earth Channel and Corus for BBC Canada. The company also boasts a franchise management business and a robust linear and digital content sales and co-productions operation.